Frank Kaminski

Frank Kaminski is an ardent reader and reviewer of books related to natural resource depletion, climate change and other issues affecting the fate of industrial civilization. He lives in southwestern Washington state near the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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Review: Deathworld by Harry Harrison

The novel’s central message that our well-being as a species hinges on our ability to coexist harmoniously with nature is simple, yet poignant. It’s also especially timely as modern examples like deforestation, overfishing and unchecked industrial pollution show how disrupting that harmony leads to our own undoing.

July 12, 2024

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Deep Sea Greed (documentary film review)

Michael Stocks’ documentary Deep Sea Greed: Exploiting the Ocean Floor looks at three of the major threats facing Earth’s marine ecosystem: deep-sea mining, sand harvesting and overfishing.

January 8, 2024

A wreathed hornbill male flying in the rain in the early morning at its roost site in July in Darlong village near Pakke Tiiger Reserve, India.

Review: The Book of Rain by Thomas Wharton

The story takes place in a near-future version of western Canada and centers on a fictional town called River Meadows, which once served as an epicenter for the extraction and production of a fossil fuel-like substance called ghost ore. This ore is vastly more energy-dense than any previously known energy source, and its environmental impacts are equally unprecedented. When emitted into the environment, it unleashes disruptive temporal anomalies known as “decoherences,” which severely warp people’s perception of reality.

December 1, 2023

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Review: Building Tomorrow by Paddy Le Flufy

For those seeking clear, practical guidance on what they can do to help steer our society away from its current unsustainable, perpetual-growth economy toward a sustainable, harmonious one, Building Tomorrow is highly recommended.

October 30, 2023

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Review: The Girls’ Guide To Off Grid Living by Amanda Kovattana

Amanda Kovattana is a fascinating woman, someone who has lived a truly extraordinary life by consistently choosing to live it on her own terms.

September 28, 2023

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Movie review: The Lake

The Lake is a big-budget Thai eco-monster movie in which giant amphibious lake creatures rampage through a town in rural northeastern Thailand.

August 23, 2023

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